By using resources efficiently, Svedbergs Group helps achieve UN Sustainable Development Goals 9 – Industry, innovation and infrastructure, and 12 – Responsible consumption and production.
One of Svedbergs Group’s goals is for all energy consumption in the Group to come from renewable sources by 2030. Another goal is to reduce the volume of waste by 35 percent by 2030 compared to 2021. The efficient use of resources such as energy, water, raw materials and chemicals is a high priority. In addition to environmental benefits, there are also economic benefits from a resource-efficient approach..
The Swedish operations have been using only renewable energy since 2019. The production facility in Dalstorp is heated with district heating generated from residual bark and dry chippings from a local sawmill. The production facility in Laholm is heated with biogas. Several energy efficiency measures have been implemented in the factories, such as the replacement of windows.
The distribution centre outside Bristol, UK, will be completely self-sufficient in electricity and energy from a recently installed solar energy system on the roof of the premises. The energy produced is enough to power the premises and charge electric cars, and surplus energy can be sold to the National Grid. The Bath offices have also had solar panels installed for some years, making a significant contribution to their energy supply.
The Group’s waste consists mainly of wood waste from production and packaging material from the transport of products from suppliers and to customers. The ambition is to reduce the proportion of combustible waste by, for example, increasing the proportion of materials that can be reused or recycled. All materials and waste that can be recycled are separated.
Materials and chemicals
Svedbergs Group evaluates the choice of raw materials to be included in products right from the design phase. The choices made are central to quality, safety and sustainability. The Group is constantly looking for new and better alternatives. Internal documentation is available on substances that must be avoided. The Group complies with the EU’s Chemicals Regulation REACH. The health and safety policy governs the handling of hazardous substances and chemicals in production. New chemicals and products are inspected before they are used in production. Checks are also carried out regularly to ensure constant quality and that no harmful, unauthorised or unnecessary substances are used.